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"A cultural king"



Sarita Paudel, Kapilbastu: Sujataji, the constitution has made Nepal a federal democratic republic but you still favor monarchy.
Sujata Koirala:
I am not in a favor of an absolute monarchy. In a democracy, we are all entitled to our opinions. Prachanda said in this very program that he didn't have faith in the parliamentary system. If he can say things like that why can't I?

Narayan Shrestha: So, minister, you are sure that the constitutional monarchy is the way out for the country?
Sujata Koirala: I don't support constitutional monarch. What I said was let's think about the concept of baby king.

Sushil Sharma: Sushil Koirala from your party has said action should be taken against you for saying that.
Sujata Koirala: I don't believe what the newspapers say. I don't want to discuss what Sushil Koirala has said only by reading the newspapers. The media here has no credibility.

Narayan Shrestha: Do we need a constitutional monarchy or should we move towards a republic?
Sujata Koirala: Personally, I am for a cultural king. The monarchy is part of Nepal's cultural identity and we should safeguard it. If the king is bad, let's sack him, but not the institution. If we can save the monarchy the country will remain united and intact.

Sunil Pokharel, Dang: Isn't it a shame they haven't given you a ministerial portfolio?
Sujata Koirala:
No, it is not necessary that a woman should be made only minister for women. One can look after women's issues from other places also.

Urmila Biswakarma, Hetauda: When dalit women were forced to eat rotten rice in Dailekh, you were on a shopping trip in Germany. Aren't you disconnected from the people?
Sujata Koirala:
You all know that my family is in Europe. My husband is German. My family gave me gifts, and that is my personal matter. What you should look for is how I have helped my country.


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